Revealed: SA's next Golf GTI

2013-02-27 13:55

In February 2013 Volkswagen's seventh generation Golf arrived in South Africa. Apart from grumblings about the price, hot-hatch enthusiasts were left asking: "So where's the GTI?"

VW has lifted the covers off its next hot hatch ahead of its official reveal at the March 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time the GTI will be offered in two variants - 162kW base and Performance 169kW version.

The performance GTI has larger brake discs and a mechanical front limited-slip differential. The new model sees a marginal increase in power over the Golf 6 GTI (155kW) and both versions have a maximum torque output of 350Nm, an increase of 70Nm.


Only the 162kW base model will be offered in SA later in 2013.

The standard GTI accelerates to 100km/h in 6.5sec and can reach 246km/h. The GTI Performance reaches a top speed of 250km/h and gets to 100 a tenth quicker.

Both versions have a six-speed manual transmission; stop/start is also standard and helps towards the fuel-consumption rating of six litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. So, the Golf 7 GTI offers an 18% reduction in fuel economy over to the previous model.

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Selecting the six-speed DSG gearbox changes consumpton to 6.4/6.5litres/100km respectively.

The new GTI stays true to the concept model shown in 2012 with its traditional red brake callipers, twin chromed tail pipes and sport suspension. The car rides on 225/45 tyres with 17" rims and added decoration includes special sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights that include LED licence-plate illumination.
The sports seats are tartan-clad below black rooflining and red ambience lighting. The GTI has a special sport steering wheel, GTI gearshift grip and instrument cluster with special trim strips, and stainless-steel pedals.

Prices in Germany will start at €28 350 (R328 000) but we’ll have to wait until the local launch for the official South African prices.

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-02-27 15:20

    If I should take a guess it would price above the ST.Around R360 000-R380 000. For the first time I like the wheels on the GTi.

      alan.jerrold - 2013-02-27 16:32

      Yup, much better than those old telephone dial ones.

      Xolisa Boqwana - 2013-02-27 22:39

      A well speced 2.0 Tdi has always been closer if not more expensive than a GTI. I suspect R375k will be the cost for basic GTI before Xenon and Sunroof (which are the only meaningful extras lacking in a GTI)

      graeme.stockwell - 2013-02-28 07:56

      I agree with Steven, list is going to be R400k then start adding things like paint, sound, rear view mirror, and maintenance plan you could reach R450k before you blink. Such a nice car but so many $$$.

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-02-28 10:07

      I agree graeme. I think the hot hatch lost its very purpose it was created for in the first place. They were meant to be cheap and give bigger cars 2 or 3 times its value a run for its money while having loads of fun, today its not the case. Hot hatches became expensive but then again so has everything else so I guess we cant complain too much.

  • de.stig.9 - 2013-02-27 15:27

    what a neat clean design

  • Sihlangu Hokweni - 2013-02-27 17:25

    VW will have to do better for the South African VOLK- we NEED 5DOORS- Most of US are family men/women.

  • Vince Hobs - 2013-02-27 19:40

    It no longer have that wow factor.profiteering has seriously damaged the VW brand.The paint has not yet dried on the Golf6 and this but the VW brigade will go and buy one.Poor resale value and blown turbos is the order of the day but they don't turn back.A fool and his money are easily parted.

      Xolisa Boqwana - 2013-02-27 22:35

      Go check the stats and you will see that vw is no where near the top of the list of cars with poor resale. Your comment is reckless, ignorant and hateful. Maybe the GTI boys has taken most of your girls. The blown turbo stories were common because vw/audi were the first and the lead company to in invest is small turbo-charged petrol and diesel engines, Merc, BMW, Opel, Ford, the French models have since followed and the Koreans are going that route. GTI buyers KNOW that there are faster hatchbacks like Ford ST, Mazda MPS, Opel OPC, C30 T5 etc but they find the GTI more appealing, best all-rounder, more convinient (DSG). A clever fool like you should buy Nissan Hardbody, X-Trail, Tilda those models stay forever and the paint is sure dry enough to keeps you happy.

      musazwane - 2013-02-28 10:19

      Xolisa, that is nowhere near the truth. I think Fiat pioneered that. Uno Turbo, Fiat Bravo etc. Please stop making up ignorant rants.

      Xolisa Boqwana - 2013-02-28 13:00

      My point was not about who invented turbo-charged engines, I was simply pointing out that VW/Audi is the lead company to roll out mass production turbo-charged engines. Fiat has less than 5 cars in their entire model line-up so N**** Please don't waste my time. I am sure that Uno Turbo u talking about was never even sold here in SA.

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-02-28 14:05

      Xolisa are you like 10 years old or something?The uno turbo were sold by the bucket load in this country,where were you?

  • Andy Zondi - 2013-02-27 20:41

    GREAT! As if SA needs more GTIs on the road, everybody nd their granny drives a GTI GOSH y r SA drivers so predictable wen it cums to cars? I can't wait 4 the A45 Benz, looks better nd will b faster

      Xolisa Boqwana - 2013-02-27 22:51

      Merc A45 should come at R200k more and its no competition to the GTI. I'm sure you find Toyota 86 and the Nissan GTR to be rival sportscars.

      musazwane - 2013-02-28 10:23

      Xolisa, yet again you are lost at sea. A Nissan GTR is a supercar that rivals and beats Ferraris, not Toyota 86s.

      Thami Lawrence Ngubeni - 2013-02-28 11:46

      Andy I drive a Gti 5 and I dont regret it. Have you ever asked yourself why so many people are buying them? Maybe thats where you should start.

      Xolisa Boqwana - 2013-02-28 12:18

      @musazwane I think your brain is on the weekend already.

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-02-28 14:10

      Xolisa kindly explain in detail how those vehicles you mentioned are in direct competition with each other? The Merc have not even been tested yet and the A45 AMG is not marketed to compete with GTi but more the likes of the new coming S3 and M135i.Not sure what you are on about.

      Andy Zondi - 2013-03-01 00:32

      @xolisa I don't care hw more expensive it is, its about being different for a change, grow up nd realise there r other cars out there to buy, let sum variety in ur life @thami so u gona b drivn the GTI until they get to double digits? I keep beating these hatches everyday nd I drive a volvo

  • sabelo.mzuku - 2013-02-28 07:26

    Define a hot hatch?

  • MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-02-28 11:39

    Why only 7kw more? Chaps in their Edition 35's are going to make a mockery of the Golf 7 GTI. The Focus ST has 184Kw... Come on VW get with the times.

      Thami Lawrence Ngubeni - 2013-02-28 12:02

      VW has never been involved in the KW race. They just build good overall cars. This is not for racing remember. I drive a standard 147KW Gti and I appreciate this thing everyday. and I often ask myself what will you need more power for unless you are drag racing which is illegal and dangerous anyway?

      MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-02-28 12:20

      We pay more money yet get more of the same....Why? The new ST is better than the old car in every respect and it comes in at a lower asking price. Now that is what I would call improvement and getting your monies worth. If I had to buy a GTI 7 I would want people to know its VW's latest and greatest. I would not want to be beaten at the traffic lights by some dude in his previous generation GTI knowing that my new GTI costs more but is slower.

  • stampalex - 2013-02-28 15:31

    So what you're saying is that the OPC klaps this car all the way and in every way...

  • Luís Miguel Toscano Figueira - 2013-02-28 22:32

    For 400 R I seetle down for a Bmw M1 or Focus ST not a plain Gti like this thing!

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